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       aptitude-robot - automate package choice management


       aptitude-robot [options]

       aptitude-robot --help


       aptitude-robot uses configuration files to install and remove Debian
       software packages automatically.  This allows hands-off setup and
       maintenance of workstations and servers.  Create package lists in a
       development environment and copy the package lists over to the
       production machines.  aptitude-robot will then make sure that the
       packages mentioned in the lists are installed or removed as indicated.


           give priority to install(+), remove(-), and purge(_) actions over
           keep(:) and hold(=)

       --config-dir /path/to/config/dir
           specify an alternate configuration directory.  Defaults to

           only show the command that would be executed

           Prints this page.

       other options
           any option not recognized by aptitude-robot itself is passed
           through to aptitude.  The options -q and -s are likely to be used
           occasionally.  See aptitude(8) for details.


       The configuration directory given by the "--config-dir" (or
       /etc/aptitude-robot by default) must contain a directory named
       pkglist.d.  This directory may have several package list files that are
       chosen according to the criteria of run-parts(8).  They are
       concatenated in the order given by run-parts(8).

       Each line shall contain an action and a package name separated by white
       space.  The actions are those used by the "aptitude" command line
       interface (see aptitude documentation).  Typically they are:

       +  package  # install package

       +M package  # install package and mark it as automatically installed

       -  package  # remove package

       _  package  # purge package

       :  package  # keep package at current version

       =  package  # mark a package as "hold", i.e., prevent automatic updates

       If a package is mentioned several times the last entry will determine
       the action.  If the "--force-install" option is given the keep(:) and
       hold(=) actions are given lower priority, i.e., the appear only when no
       other action for the package is specified.

       A "#" character starts a comment extending to the end of line.  Empty
       lines or extra white space at the beginning or end of line is ignored.

       Optionally the configuration directory may contain a file name options
       containing extra options given to aptitude in the form of one option
       per line.

       Optionally the configuration directory may contain two directories
       triggers.pre and with scripts that are executed by
       run-parts(8) before and after aptitude respectively.


       aptitude(8), aptitude-robot-session(8)


       Elmar S. Heeb <> and Axel Beckert <>